Probably the most obvious statement to make in a game between division rivals is this:
“We have to stay disciplined. We can’t keep taking penalties in their building.”
Not one but several players said this after the March 6th matchup that saw the Penguins claim a 5-4 win, helped out by several chances on the power play.
Tonight, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had another number four after the first period. Not goals, but power play chances.
Dan Ellis was TREMENDOUS in the opening 20 minutes, stopping 13 of 14. One unfortunate bounce off of Ryan Bourque’s stick came to Tom Kostopoulos for the deposit at 17:32.
The Bears responded, thanks to who will undoubtedly be an All-Rookie Team member at the end of the season – Riley Barber. 22 goals, 47 points. Not bad at all.
But another unfortunate bounce has the Penguins back in front after two. Dustin Jeffrey got a piece of his gear on a harmless, throw-it-to-the-net shot from Barry Goers and the puck found pay dirt behind Ellis.
The Bears have six wins when trailing after two periods. It’s time to make it seven. Despite just 12 shots on goal, the team is turning up the pressure.
Official release is below. Box score is here. Third period on deck.
In another penalty-filled period, the Penguins managed to get the first goal of the night. Dan Ellis turned away several quality chances but in diving to cover a point shot, the puck was knocked loose to his left and Tom Kostopoulos crashed the net to poke the puck in at 17:32.
But the Bears would answer right back at 18:41. Riley Barber jumped on the rebound of a sharp-angle slap shot from Travis Boyd and jammed the puck behind Tristan Jarry for his 22nd goal of the season.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reclaimed the lead at 7:38 of the second period, when Dustin Jeffrey redirected a shot from the right point from Barry Goers on its way to Ellis.